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TNT Preaseason All-State Football Team

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm with 5 Comments »
August 21, 2009 11:47 pm

After polling coaches and sports writers from across the state, The News Tribune has finalized its 2009 Preseason All-State Football Team.

I think you’ll see that this pre-season all-state team has quite a bit of geographic variety. Players from Eastern Washington, Central Washington, Whatcom County, Vancouver, the Kitsap Peninsula are represented, as well as the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas.

Skyline leads the way with four players — QB Jake Heaps, WR Kasen Williams, LB Anthony DeMatteo and OL Jase Butorac. Heaps and Williams were easy picks. DeMatteo’s status as the reigning KingCo Crest Division Defensive Player of the Year and all-state honors earned him a spot on the team, while Butorac has scholarship offers from BYU, EWU, Montana State and Portland State.

Lakes is second with three players — DL Sione Potoa’e, LB Darius Waters and DB Jamaal Kearse — and you could argue that we shorted the Lancers. Nine Lakes players have scholarship offers from Division-I programs. Auburn, O’Dea and Union each have two players.

Not surprisingly, players from 4A and 3A schools dominate the list — 17 from 4A and 10 from 3A. This year, Lynden defensive back Blair Bomber, who recently committed to WSU, is the only player not from a 4A or 3A school to make the team. Last year, there were three — Cascade Christian lineman Neil Fuhrmann, Prosser receiver Kirby Moore and Lynden defensive end David Gaylord.

Some players, like North Mason senior John Fullington, a WSU commit, did not make the list because they are switching positions. Fullington has primarily been a tight end at North Mason, but this fall will play offensive tackle, the position he intends to play at WSU. Putting him on the preseason team at either position — one he used to play and one he has not played — seemed foolish. I don’t doubt he’ll earn consideration for the all-state team we pick at the end of the season, however.

Then there are the players that are all-state caliber, but are left off the list because they play at a loaded position. I had a difficult time leaving off Heritage QB Garrett Grayson, Ferris QB Conner Halliday, Mead TE Aaron Dunn and Bothell TE/DE Michael Hartvigson. But Heaps and Gig Harbor TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has offers from Florida, Oklahoma and nearly a dozen other schools, are head-and-shoulders above the pack at their respective positions. We also had some trouble at running back, with Issaquah’s Grant Gellatly, Lewis and Clark’s Levi Taylor and Marysville-Pilchuck’s Austin Denton earning consideration.

For what it’s worth, 14 of the 25 players on last year’s Preaseason All-State Team were named to our All-State Team at the end of the season. So, this clearly is not an exact science, but we’re not making wildly blind guesses, either.


QB Jake Heaps Skyline Sr. 6-2 195
RB Bishop Sankey Gonzaga Prep Jr. 5-11 190
RB Larry Dixon Olympic Sr. 5-11 210
FB Zach Fogerson O’Dea Sr. 6-1 225
WR Mitch Saylor Union Sr. 6-6 205
WR Kasen Williams Skyline Jr. 6-2 195
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gig Harbor Jr. 6-7 253
OL Mike Marboe Wenatchee Sr. 6-3 285
OL Colin Porter Bothell Sr. 6-4 300
OL Maxx Forde Woodinville Sr. 6-4 240
OL Ben Riva O’Dea Sr. 6-6 285
OL Jase Butorac Skyline Sr. 6-3 275
ATH Colten Williams Mt. Spokane Sr. 5-11 177
K Kelyn Rowe Federal Way Sr. 5-9 165


DL Sione Potoa’e Lakes Sr. 6-3 285
DL Julious Moore Bellevue Sr. 6-0 270
DL Danny Shelton Auburn Jr. 6-2 320
DL Happy Iona Bethel Sr. 6-3 285
DE Jake Rodgers Shadle Park Sr. 6-7 245
LB Anthony DeMatteo Skyline Sr. 6-0 195
LB Darius Waters Lakes Sr. 5-9 165
LB Taylor Nelson Union Sr. 6-2 225
LB Seth Kline Eisenhower Sr. 6-1 235
DB Chris Young Auburn Sr. 6-1 220
DB Jamaal Kearse Lakes Sr. 6-2 200
DB Miquiyah Zamora Chiawana Soph. 6-0 185
DB Blair Bomber Lynden Sr. 5-9 160
P Marcus Pleasant Graham-Kapowsin Sr. 6-3 260
Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. awashburn3 says:

    Great job in representing both sides of the state!!! Those guys that you mentioned from the GSL that were left of indeed do play at some loaded positions… But Aaron Dunn goes to Mead, not Ferris…

  2. My mistake about Aaron Dunn’s school. It has been fixed. Thanks for noting that.

  3. Expect to see Joshua Garnett (SO) DE,OT on at least one of the first team SPSL lists at the end of the year.

  4. Really great coverage Doug! Have you considered doing two or more preseason teams? A lot of great players get lost in the bigger ranks. While I realize it’s good to see the “top-22″ in the state, it provides even more coverage for other players to look at. You could even poll coaches & writers about each school (ie, ask 4A coaches about 4A players, etc)

    This might even open some doors to “looks” for players who might get lost in the shuffle. Case in point is Wade Rediger from Nooksack Valley, who would never have been looked at in the preseason, but is playing for University of Puget Sound. The preseason teams could be used to highlight great players and also “players to watch”.

    Keep up the great coverage!

    A reader from Whatcom County!

  5. Indeed, and as I had not guessed

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